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FINAL FANTASY XIV – Sound Design Dev Diary

The story behind the musical magic

Heralding another successful season of FINAL FANTASY XIV’s unprecedented success, a new video series introduced today offers an inside look at the creative team and their inspirations in cultivating a rich and vibrant online world.

The first in the series highlights the creative mastery that goes into the highly acclaimed music and sound design of Heavensward.   This video spotlights how the music and in-game sound effects play an integral role in bringing the world of Eorzea to life. Masayoshi Soken, Lead Composer and Sound Director, explains that “Dragonsong”, the main theme song for the expansion-pack composed by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, inspired the score for Heavensward. Sound designers, Yousuke Nakashima and Go Kinuya, also discuss the making of key sound effects to create an immersive experience, ranging from realistic monster grunts to unique battle sounds.

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